Unfiltered Story #196529

, , | Unfiltered | June 13, 2020

(I’m having brunch at the bar of a popular restaurant. As its Sunday, its very crowded for tables and they offer people to have a drink at the bar as they wait for a table to clear if they want. Two ladies in their mid forties sit at the bar a few seats from me.)

Bartender: Hello Ladies. Are you waiting for a table outside

Lady 1: Yes but we want a cocktail while we wait.

Bartender: What can I get you?

Lady 1: Oh we already ordered. That man over there helped us.

(The waitress stares confused glancing back at the man she pointed to)

Lady 2: ummm….

Lady 1: One sangria and one mimsoa

Lady 2: We didn’t order

Lady 1: Oh my god you’re right. We told each other what we wanted but we didn’t order

Bartender: Oh good. I was concerned because he isn’t a bartender and it didn’t look like he put in any orders. I’ll get them for you.

Waiting For The (American) Coin To Drop

, , , , , | Working | May 28, 2020

I’m on vacation with my son in our nation’s capital, visiting the National Zoo. The vending machines take large bills, and at some point during the day, I buy a drink and get dollar coins as change. Later on, we are buying a meal in one of the cafes and I try to pay with the dollar coins.

Cashier: “I’m sorry, I can’t accept these. We can only take American money.”

Me: “What? That is American money.”

Cashier: “No, it’s not.”

Me: “It says, ‘United States of America.’”

Cashier: “It looks fake.”

Me: “I got it as change in one of your vending machines. You must have had other people pay with them, too.”

She eventually called over her manager to confirm that dollar coins were, in fact, real money. No harm done, but how do you work at the National Zoo and not recognize American money?

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Unfiltered Story #194447

, , , | Unfiltered | May 20, 2020

(I am working at the circulation desk of the library at my university. This is during the summer and the closing shift, so it’s usually pretty quiet. A patron walks in and approaches the desk. Note that I am a very pale Caucasian woman with colored eyes.)

Patron: “Do you speak Persian? You look like you could pass.”

Me: *speechless*

(I have stock responses for everything but this, it seems!)

Can You Loan Me Some Peace From Your Scams?

, , , , | Working | May 14, 2020

A number from Washington DC keeps calling my cell phone. I don’t answer numbers I don’t know, so I let it go to voicemail and listen later. It’s a robocall about student loan debt relief. I roll my eyes, delete the message, and block the number.

An hour later, a similar number calls. This time, I answer.

Me: “Hello?”

Silence…

Me: *A little louder* “Hello?”

Silence…

Me: “HELLO?”

Woman: *Recorded* “Hello, because of the recent government shutdown, we are offering complete student loan debt relief. If you know your student loan identification number, press 1. If you don’t know your student loan identification number, press 2. Or press 0 to speak to a supervisor.”

I don’t have student loans, so I press 0.

Woman: “Please hold while we transfer you. Your wait time is approximately one minute.”

I think about hanging up but I know they’ll only call back again. Five minutes later…

Man: “Hello, can I have your student loan identification number?”

Me: “Uh, actually, I pressed 0 for the supervisor. I don’t have—”

Man: “No, you must have pressed 1.”

Me: “I didn’t, though. I pressed 0. I need to speak with a supervisor.”

Man: “What is your student loan identification number?”

Me: “I don’t have one.”

Man: “I can look it up by your social security number.”

Me: *Laughs* “Uh, no, that’s definitely not happening.”

Man: *Annoyed* “Then why are you calling?”

Me: “First, you guys robodialed me — which I’m pretty sure is illegal, by the way — and now you’re upset because I’m telling you I don’t qualify for whatever you’re peddling.”

Man: “We provide student debt relief!”

Me: “I have no student loans.”

Man: “Then why are you calling?”

Me:Your company called me. I am trying to get my number off your list.”

Man: “I don’t have the authority to do that.”

Me: “Can you connect me to someone who can?”

Man: *Sweetly* “Of course.”

He hung up. I reported the number to the Do Not Call registry, but I doubt much will come from it. It seems all I can do is keep blocking the numbers and reporting them as they call.

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Unable To Engineer A Virgin Solution

, , , , , | Right | May 4, 2020

I work for a civil engineering company in the DC area; we service both DC and Maryland. We do work in Virginia but it is very limited due to the traveling time and access to the records. We also state on our website that we only work there during the winter months as work normally is slow during that time.

There are, of course, exceptions to this rule as we have done some extremely large jobs that we can work on our own time in the past. This is why we still advertise in Virginia.

I get this call during the summer, which is our busiest time of the year.

Caller: “Hi. I would like for you all to give me an estimate on a piece of property.”

Me: “Okay, can I have your address?”

Caller: “It’s [address in Virginia]. I would like to know if you can—”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but we do not currently work in the Virginia area at this time. We only do limited work during the wintertime as it is typically our slow season.”

The caller now starts yelling on the phone, so loud that I have to pull my ear away from the phone to make sure I don’t hurt my hearing.

Caller: “What do you mean, you don’t do work in Virginia? Why do you even advertise that you do?”

Me: “Ma’am, while it is true that we can do work in Virginia, it clearly states on our website that we do not work in Virginia except during the winter months and in extreme cases.”

Caller: “Well, I have an extreme case.”

She goes on to explain about her “case” and it turns out this is a very typical job we do. However, I explain to her that extreme cases are large acres that range around 200 acres and more. I also tell her that if she wanted a quote from us it would be four times greater than a local engineer and we couldn’t give her a time frame on it as it could take a couple of weeks to get out to the site. This, of course, doesn’t help.

Caller: “Then why do you advertise that you work in Virginia?! That is false advertising!”

Me: “Ma’am, please calm down. I have explained already that we do work and are licensed to work in the area but it is very limited and would cost you a lot more than looking up someone local.”

Caller: “Then give me a local engineer!”

Me: “Ma’am, I am sorry, but we don’t know anyone in that area that we can recommend as we don’t work often enough in the area to give you a name.”

She hung up on me after cussing me out. A week later, on one of our advertising sites, she left a poor review on the website saying that we don’t work and we lie about everything. We still haven’t been able to remove that review. Lucky for us, most of our clients who read it said that she was most likely a nutcase.

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